One of my favorite “Grandma” sayings that apply to technology, and there are many, is that “it isn’t what you don’t know that will hurt you, but what you know that’s wrong.” While technology is new, people aren’t, and human nature traits Grandma learned still apply today.
People using technology like to complain about service and support prices. Let me tell you that tech support costs aren’t out of line with the rest of the world, based on the estimate for the two plumbers working to replace two faucets in my house at this very minute.
Replacing two faucets, which I already bought, will cost at least $408 and Read the rest of this entry »
Don’t bother to look for a post called “Free Software Advantages #1” because there isn’t one. Free is the first advantage to free software (like these 157 programs from PC Magazine). Now we’re looking for other advantages, and #2 on that list follows my advice posted on Network World called “Task, Process, Tools.”
Why are many software utilities written? To solve a particular problem. My “Task, Process, Tools,” Read the rest of this entry »
The gold standard for encyclopedias has been Britannica for about 100 years or so. But since they charge money for access, bloggers and casual researchers migrate to the free sites, most notably Wikipedia. Britannica decided they want to be the reference of choice on the internet, and now make that possible with their new WebShare initiative. Read the rest of this entry »
Datamation just did a great roundup they call The Top 75 Open Source Security Apps. Five pages of applications include all areas of computer and network security utilities, from anti-virus to remote administration to password generation and many points in between.
Open Source doesn’t always mean free, but it appears Read the rest of this entry »